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MARCH 5, 2022  –  APRIL 23, 2022

Hawthorn Contemporary is pleased to announce the exhibition opening of Seers, Craftsmen featuring the works by Scott Espeseth (Madison, WI) and Colin Matthes (Milwaukee, WI).


With distinctly different outcomes, Espeseth and Matthes capture their lives and moments of clarity through the cathartic act of drawing.  In this sprawling installation of works on paper, Seers, Craftsmen will feature the artists' recent drawings in pencil, watercolor, pen, and ink. As part of the reception, viewers will be invited to play a game and win a specially priced drawing from Colin Matthes.


Scott Espeseth earned an MFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he worked with storied print artists such as Frances Myers and Warrington Colescott. His work has since evolved to focus mainly on drawing, usually with commonplace media such as graphite pencils and ballpoint pen. His drawings have been described as “clairvoyant,” often depicting familiar spaces charged with a sense of dark presence, or other instances where planes of existence clash: the future sending messages to the past, memory intruding upon the present, or the subconscious bleeding into consciousness. He has exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at the James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, and Alcove Gallery in New York, NY, and numerous national and international group shows. 


Colin Matthes, Wisconsin, USA, grew up on a farm on the outskirts of a village with three bars, a post office, and the world’s greatest junk parade. Installing electric at small-town county fairs, wiring trailer parks, and using photocopy machines formed the way he makes things and views the world. 


Hawthorn Contemporary, located in the historic Walker’s Point neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is an art venue dedicated to presenting experimental and exploratory contemporary art. 


Hawthorn Contemporary
706 South 5th  Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204 USA

Opening Reception Hours: 6 PM - 9 PM Friday, December 3, 2021

Regular Daytime Hours: 11 AM - 4 PM Friday, Saturday

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